Café con Leslie: Heat, the ultimate decluttering secret, and the email of a lifetime...

Welcome back to another edition of Café con Leslie, our weekly virtual coffee date where you can catch up on all the latest news, gossip, and whatever else is happening in our lives at the moment.  So grab a cafecito and let's chat...

*First thing on my mind is that the heat is really getting to me. And I am really trying to keep my promise to not complain about the heat, but it's getting bad and I am now counting the days until the rain season begins, which I hope and pray is sooner rather than later.

I can deal with the heat, but what's killing me are the headaches and migraines. As I write this I am on day four of a migraine/headache that just doesn't want to go away completely. The pain is not as bad as it was on day one, and I am able to function, but one headache-free day would be nice.

Café con Leslie: Back in Business

Hola, mis amigos! Welcome back to another edition of Café con Leslie, our weekly virtual coffee date where you can catch up on all the latest news, gossip, and whatever else is happening in our lives at the moment.  So grab a cup of coffee and let's chat...

*Last week was a total fail for me in regards to my Blog Every (Week)Day in May challenge. Paperwork needed to be filled out, copies needed to be made, and photos needed to be taken in preparation for Hope's impending high school graduation and college entrance exam. (Every week there is something new!) Add to that a couple of difficult weeks in which my father-in-law's disposition has been in constant decline and well, it's a miracle I got anything accomplished. (Prayers for my suegro's mental health are always greatly appreciated.)

A Bad Day #WordlessWednesday

I just wanted to check in with everyone to say that I haven't given up on blogging every weekday in May. Things around the house have been kind of crazy the past couple of days. So many homework assignments, projects, and paperwork to finish up for graduation. Not to mention errands to run, a house to clean, laundry to fold, meals to cook, people to take care of... just real life.

This evening I actually have a little time to use the computer, but after a particularly difficult day of being a caregiver, I'm emotionally and mentally spent. The tears are flowing freely, and they show no signs of stopping anytime soon. So, I will just let them roll and hope that tomorrow is a better day.

Un Nuevo Reto #SpanishFriday

Desde que empecé este blog en el 2009 y a descubrir otros blogs escritas por mujeres como yo, ya sean mamás, amas de casa, amantes de la cocina o gringas que viven en México, siempre quise escribir en español porque es un idioma que he hablado diariamente desde que tenía cinco años. Tarde unos años en armarme de valor, pero al ver que mi amiga Tracy, del blog Latina-ish, escribía todos los viernes en español, por fin me anime a hacerlo. Desde la primera vez que participe en #SpanishFriday, sabía que era algo que quería seguir haciendo, aunque no siempre fue así. Ahora que me he comprometido a escribir algo en el blog todos los días (de lunes a viernes) durante el mes de mayo, también me quiero comprometer a escribir en español los viernes, y no solo por lo que queda de este mes.

Anatomy of a High School Class #BEDM

I have graduation on the brain. We are excited about this moment in Hope's life and are looking forward to celebrating her high school graduation in the next couple of months, while also reflecting on the three years of high school that are quickly coming to an end.

Being the oldest Hope is the first of my kiddies to graduate from high school, and as always these milestones (like her elementary school graduation) are a huge learning experience for not only her, but also me. The other day we were going over some details that I thought you'd all be interested in learning as well.

32 Random Question Tag

Inspired my Mama Kat's Vlogging Workshop, and because I need a distraction from a rough day of care-giving, I thought it would be fun to answer the 32 Random Questions Tag. Yes, technically it's a YouTube tag, but I think they're fun to do on blogs as well because it reminds me of the old-days when MySpace quizzes were all the rage. Please tell me I'm not the only one who remembers that?! 

Random Questions Tag 

1.) Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
I don't have an actual closet in my room, but I do have an armoire and the doors are always closed.

2.) Do you take shampoo and conditioner bottles from hotels?
No, mostly because it's been so long since I've been to a hotel.

3.) Do you sleep with your sheets tucked in or out?
Depends on the weather. During the cold winter months I like my sheets tucked in, but in the summer I can't deal with sheets that are tucked in.

4.) Have you ever stolen a street sign?
No. When I was a teenager I thought it would be cool to steal a street sign, but I never would've had the nerve to actually go and do it.

5.) Do you cut out coupons and then never use them?
No. The stores in our small town are small mom & pop style stores that don't use coupons.

6.) Would you rather be attacked by a big bear or a swarm of bees?
I'm going to go with being attacked by a big bear only because I think it would be over faster.

Café con Leslie: Bringing blogging back!

Aside from wanting to Blog Every Day in May, I also want to do a better job of keeping friends and family up-to-date with what is going on in our lives. So, once again I'm bringing back my Café con Leslie posts as a weekly coffee date to catch you up on all the latest news, gossip, and whatever else is happening in our lives at the moment. So grab a cup of coffee and let's chat...

What's new this week...

*In graduation news... Hope has completed her 480 hours of servicio social required to graduate. (Servicio social is an apprenticeship/community service in the same technical field she's studying in high school.) And speaking of the technical field she's studying, Hope will be receiving her título de carrera técnica (technical degree?) in accounting, as well as her high school diploma. And we are counting the days (11 to be exact) until her college entrance exam.

SOTBS Mother's Day Blog Hop

My South of the Border Sisters and I are back with another monthly blog hop. This month's theme is Día de las Madres (Mother's Day). If you are a blogger living south of the border, or just an expat blogger in general, we'd love for you to join the fun by sharing how Mother's Day is celebrated where you live. And you don't even have to be a mom to join in. But if you are an expat mom, we'd love to read all about how you and your little one's celebrate this special day.

We've Moved! #BEDM

Because I've done a terrible job of letting friends and family know that we've moved, I thought I'd share a few details of why we moved and where we moved to.

For those of you that didn't know, we recently moved out of the home we'd been renting for the last 12 years and into my father-in-law's home. The owners of the house we were renting want to do an extreme home makeover, and their plans include knocking down some walls, the back door, and I don't know what all else. Us living there makes that a little difficult, because how can a family of six be expected to live in a house with missing walls and mountains of dust and debris? Alf (Hubby) will continue to rent the shop space (that was right next door to the house) for now, so it's nice to know that he'll only be three doors down if we need him.

Wordless Wednesday: A Caregiver's Prayer #BEDM

Caring for a loved one with any kind of illness, be it mental or physical, isn't always an easy job. While most days I'm thankful that as my father-in-law's primary caregiver I am able to give him the best care that I can (and that he deserves), there are also days where it is mentally and physically exhausting. A couple of years ago I was having one of those days where I was feeling hopeless and overwhelmed, when a friend emailed me this Caregiver's Prayer she found on the internet that expressed exactly what I was struggling to put into words. I loved this prayer so much that I turned it into a pretty image that I printed up and taped inside my journal.

Currently: May 2016 #BEDM

That '70s Show -

READING: Just started reading Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.

LISTENING TO: I haven't really listened to music much this month, with the exception of Prince. When Doves Cry is one of my all-time favorite songs. My life's soundtrack wouldn't be complete without it.

WATCHING: That '70s Show on Netflix. I didn't really get into the show when it was on the air, but now I absolutely love it! Brings back so many memories from my childhood. Alf and the kiddies are loving it too, even though the cameo's by some of the 70's most beloved TV stars (like Peter & Greg Brady, Mrs. Cunningham, Mary Tyler Moore...) are completely lost on them. And if that weren't enough to make me feel old, you know you're getting old when your favorite characters on the show are the parents. I LOVE Red & Kitty Foreman!

Challenge accepted! #BEDM

I'm an optimist. Especially when it comes to being faced with a challenge. Take for instance the fact that I'm incapable of keeping a plant alive even if my life depended on it. But that doesn't stop me from dreaming of one day having a houseful of plants and an herb garden right outside my kitchen window. Nor does it stop me from buying the prettiest plant that catches my eye at the nursery hoping that this time things will be different. Even though the past 20 years have proven the exact opposite to be true.

Currently | February 2016

Loving that after five extremely long weeks of waiting, I finally have internet so I can blog and surf the internetz to my heart's content.

Hating that even after a dozen phone calls and waiting five weeks for Telmex (our Mexican phone company) to deliver my modem, we had to make an hour drive into the city to pick it up.

Thankful for my awesome sister-in-law who made the trek into the city to pick up my modem.

My Word for 2016

At the beginning of every year I choose a word to be my main focus/theme for the twelve months of the new year. While I tend to lose sight of my New Year's Resolutions in less time than it took to actually compile my list of impossible goals, my word for the year lurks somewhere in the back of my mind throughout the entire year. Last year my word was 'simplify' because life is messy, and being a stay-at-home wife, mom of 4, and a caregiver doensn't make it any less hectic. 2015 was the year I learned to say no to things I really didn't want to do (without worrying about what others might think), I learned to delegate, ask for help, and simply enjoy the moment. I don't think I could've picked a better word for 2015.

Café con Leslie: Cinnamon Roll Fest, New Year's & the Flu

One of my goals for 2016, aside from blogging consistently, is to do a better job of documenting the every day moments in our life. That's why I'm bringing back my Café con Leslie posts as a weekly coffee date to catch you up on all the latest news, gossip, and whatever else is happening in our lives at the moment. So grab a cup of coffee and let's chat... 

Wood-burning clay oven -

After Christmas, but before New Year's, we had a small family get-together at el rancho for our last parrillada (cook-out) of 2015. Not only did we fire up the grill for carne asada, we also fired up the clay oven to bake some pan dulce (pastries). I wasn't sure how many guests would show up at our little gathering, so to be on the safe side I made 4 kilos of flour worth of cinnamon roll dough. (That's a little more than 8-1/2 pounds of flour!)